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Portland Linux/Unix Group: Security and OpenSSH

PSU Maseeh Engineering Building
1930 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201, US (map)

On the lower level, follow the signs.



Who: Steve Dum

What: Security and OpenSSH

Where: PSU, 1930 SW 4th Ave. Room FAB 86-01 (Lower Level)

When: Thursday, June 5th, 2014 at 7pm

Why: The pursuit of technology freedom

Stream: http://pdxlinux.org/live/

We will look at the security provided by OpenSSH and how the environment it is used in affects it's security. When can SSH security improve network security and when can't it.

This presentation assumes you have a basic understanding of SSH and how it is setup. Those topics will be reviewed very rapidly as we dig deeper into the security aspects of SSH. The discussion concentrates on SSH authentication using asymetric or public key encryption.

SSH is widely used to provide convenient and secure access to multiple machines on a local network, and to tunnel into remote networks to access machines on those networks that aren't directly visible to your local machine. We will analyze various use scenario's of SSH in these two usage scenario's and also the advantages and disadvantages of using an agent to facilitate SSH connections. For each of these scenario's, we will discuss the privacy aspects of one's passphrase and private keys, how secure the transmitted data is, and the ability of others to 'borrow' your credentials.

You should walk away from this presentation with a better understanding of what actions you need to take to maximize your privacy, while reaping the benefits of using SSH.

Many will head to the Lucky Lab NW at 1945 NW Quimby after the meeting.